6 Cool Ways to Stay Active this Summer

May 2015

Whether you are a visitor or a local, dealing with summer heat in Phoenix is always a challenge. Luckily, there are many options for summer outdoor activities in Phoenix that will keep you cool. When temperatures reach record highs, staying active can be challenging; especially if running on a treadmill isn’t your cup of tea. With that in mind, we have put together a list of our favorite ways to stay active when the heat turns up this summer!

Kayakers paddle Lower Salt River on Arizona tour.


1. Going to the Lake:

Arizona has several lakes in close proximity to the Phoenix area. This is a great place to do water sports, rent a boat, or just play on the beach. Lakes near the  Phoenix area include: Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Lake Pleasant, and Bartlett Lake.

2. Floating the Salt River:

The Salt River opens up May 16th for tubing and is open all summer long for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and mild rafting on our Class 1 rapids. Bring your own vessel, or join a guided tour with us!

3. Sunset Concerts at Desert Botanical Garden:

Friday evenings the Desert Botanical Garden welcomes you to join them for “Music in the Garden.” The DBG was recently honored as one of the top 10 innovative parks in North America by USA today.

4. Phoenix Public Market’s Open Air Market on Saturdays:

The Open Air Market at the Phoenix Public Market is put on by Community Food Connections (CFC), which “creates a downtown community gathering place by supporting small farmers and businesses that strengthen sustainable food systems and produce healthy products for the local community.” Every Saturday from May to September, the market is open from 8am-12pm at Central and McKinley Avenues in Phoenix, Arizona. Find more info at phxpublicmarket.com/openair.

5. Free Yoga by the Pool:

LUSTRE Rooftop bar at the Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix holds community yoga classes to keep locals cool. Sip a moscow mule while working on your malasana.


Indoor Rock Climbing Gym: Indoor climbing gyms are accessible to anyone interested in learning the art of climbing or just having fun with friends. Check out Arizona On the Rocks in Scottsdale, Phoenix Rock Gym in Tempe, Focus Climbing Center in Mesa, and Ape Index in Peoria.

Be sure to keep these summer outdoor activities in mind when you are looking for ways to beat the heat! All of these activities are within the Phoenix metropolitan area and are publicly accessible.

Make it easy on yourself and skip the planning!

We offer guided trips on the lower Salt River all summer long: head out with the best guides in the business for a relaxing morning kayaking or a fun afternoon testing your stand up paddle board skills. Gear, guides, snacks, water, permits, and even transportation from our Arizona offices in Scottsdale  are all included! You can even add an optional pick-up at your hotel.

Give us a call at 1-866-455-1601 to reserve your trip now.